Guerrero: Using violence, 30 masked men abduct 4 men from Coyuca de Benítez


Coyuca de Benítez, photo

Members of the Popular Organization of Producers of the Grand Coast (OPPCG) denounced that ministerial police and soldiers violently invaded the Fuerte Emiliano Zapata neighborhood during the early morning of 29 October, located on the margins of Coyuca de Benítez, Grand Coast region.  The invaders abducted four youth without having any arrest-orders.  Luis Olivares Enriquez, leader of the OPPCG, detailed that some 30 masked men entered several homes in the neighborhood, threatening women with rape and injury to their children, and ultimately took five youth between 18 and 24 years of age.  One of these was let go on the highway.

Civil organizations released an urgent action on 29 October, demanding “respect for the rights to life, security and physical integrity [of the four youth…] and that they be released, given that no arrest-order was presented, and [that] the Mexican State act openly in all its actions with respect for the principles of presumption of innocence and favor to persons.”  The four youth are being held in the security house of the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) accused of a crime  by the leader of leader of the Revolutionary Agrarian League Emiliano Zapata (Larsez), Raymundo Velázquez Flores, and another resident of the municipality, Gabino García Avilés.  The lawyer for the youth insists that the arrest has been illegal, as there was no arrest-order for it.

On 4 November, the International Secretariat of the World Organization against Torture reported that it had received information that the four youth “have been located in the PGJE […].  When the families arrived to the institution to speak with the detained, they found evidence of torture on the bodies of the young.”  According to information provided, the five arrested find themselves initially arrested on bail for 30 days.

For more information (in English):

Seguimiento al llamado del 31-10-2013 (OMCT, 4 de noviembre de 2013)

Ong: bajo arraigo de 30 días, los 4 jóvenes detenidos en Coyuca (La Jornada de Guerrero, 1 de noviembre de 2013)

Con violencia, 30 encapuchados se llevan a 4 en Coyuca de Benítez (La Jornada de Guerrero, 30 de octubre de 2013)

AU OPPCG (29 de octubre de 2013)

Se llevan soldados y policías federales a cuatro jóvenes de una colonia de Coyuca de Benítez (El Sur de Acapulco, 30 de octubre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: two nephews of ecological leadership are murdered (16 November 2012)

Guerrero: Urgent Action for disappeared ecologists (8 February 2012)

Guerrero briefs: Two ecologists are kidnapped by armed men in the Sierra de Petatlán (14 December 2011)


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